Primer for a Failed Superpower


Primer for a Failed Superpower is a theatrical concert event inspired by the 1980s hardcore punk scene. It will feature a new band of 30-somethings (the TEAM), a teenage ensemble (ages 13-18, sourced wherever the work tours), multimedia and narrative  elements—all in pursuit of the following questions: Is America a failing superpower? How does a teenager, and a teenage nation, grow up? The defining geopolitical moment of the artists’ childhoods was the fall of the Berlin Wall. For the next generation, who many of the TEAM teach, their formative moment was September 11th.Primer is about preparing our minds for a shifting national identity, through conversations with the next generation, and a love letter to our future children about growing up in the 1980s.

  • Artists

    The TEAM

    The TEAM is a Brooklyn-based ensemble whose mission is to create new work about the experience of living in America today. Their work crashes America…


    Jessica Almasy

    Jessica Almasy is a jungle cat slash otter, now writing: PLAYSXIXprone; BOOKSThis is My Young Adult N…


    Rachel Chavkin

    Rachel Chavkin is two-time Obie Award-winning and Drama Desk nominated director, educator and the founding Artistic Director of the TEAM, for whom sh…


    Matt Hubbs

    Matt Hubbs is the resident designer with the TEAM. He also recently designed 100 Saints You Should Know at Playwrights Horizons. A…


    Libby King

    Libby King recently won Best Female Performance at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2007 for the role of Sarah Springer in the TEAM’s Partic…


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    "The Value of Food," A Multimedia Art Exhibition Includes Fallen Fruit and Mel Chin

    Feb 03 – Mar 27, 2016
    Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere – Survey Exhibition – Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

    Feb 17 – Feb 21, 2016
    Faye Driscoll Presents Thank You For Coming at Walker Art Center

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  • News

    April 15, 2015
    Project Premiere: Emily Johnson's SHORE in Lenapehoking (New York City)

    April 7, 2015
    Project Premiere: Kerry Tribe Solo Exhibition "The Loste Note" at 356 Mission in Los Angeles

    March 19, 2015
    Project Premiere: Carlos Motta Launches Web-Based Project "Gender Talents"

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